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Florida Officer’s First Question to Immigrant in Accident: ‘You Illegal?’


Instead of helping a man who had been knocked off his bicycle by a pickup truck, a police officer quizzed him on his immigration status.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE
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Communications Inequality Comes Home to Roost


Policies set in motion by the GOP and its loyal FCC chief, Ajit Pai, have created a communications crisis. Here’s why, and what we can still do to stop them.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration’s Arrests of Noncriminal Immigrants Up 150 Percent


The policy is having a devastating effect on families and communities.

Posted on May 23, 2017 READ MORE

Can the Pope Save Trump?


If anyone ever needed a conversion experience—and fast—it is President Trump.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration Deploys a Controversial Tool in Its Immigration Crackdown


The Detroit News reports that FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents used invasive surveillance equipment in their hunt for undocumented immigrants.

Posted on May 21, 2017 READ MORE

Border Patrol Detention of Student Activist Is Retribution, Critics Say


Claudia Rueda, who protested the detention of her mother last month, was detained by Border Patrol agents earlier this week, prompting charges that her arrest was a form of retaliation.

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE

Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP


Many on the left are balking at pushing for Donald Trump’s impeachment because of the prospect of a President Pence. But that shouldn’t stop them.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Immigration Arrests Rise Almost 40 Percent in Trump’s First 100 Days


The numbers, released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement this week, show how the administration’s crackdown on the undocumented is playing out across the U.S.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

No Anti-Immigrant Victory for Trump—So Far


The president lost big in Congress this week as Republicans and Democrats rejected his budget cuts for now, including those directed at immigrants.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE

May Day: Thousands March for Immigrants Across the U.S. (Multimedia)

By Haley Winters

Take a look at Truthdig’s coverage of Monday’s demonstration in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History


Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE

Hundreds of Thousands Ready to Strike on May Day


Organizers believe this year’s turnout, reflecting concerns about and defiance of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, will be the biggest in over a decade.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Kevin de León, Advocate for ‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Immigrant Rights


As many Democrats face backlash for their weak opposition to the Trump administration, the California Senate leader stands out for his refusal to mince words.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE

Officials Detain Undocumented Immigrant as an Adult on His 18th Birthday, Law Firm Reports


Erik Javier Flores Hernandez has an asylum application pending, but the Immigrant Defenders Law Center says he was shackled and taken from a children’s shelter to an adult detention facility.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s First 99 Days in 99 Seconds (Video)

“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” gives viewers a rapid-fire look at what it calls “the 99-day dumpster fire you just lived through.”

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Many-Sided, Overlapping Meanings of May Day


The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 READ MORE

Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?


The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

May Day March Planned as Trump Stokes Fear Among Immigrants


If the past is any predictor, millions across the United States will march May 1 in defense of immigrant rights and against the president’s increasingly draconian policies.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

Terrorizing the Vulnerable


Undocumented people are living in fear as the Trump administration accelerates arrests under a brutal policy whose “family values” call for ripping families apart.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Threat Is Quashed. Does Our President Have Any Grasp of the Constitution?


Tuesday marked the third time a Donald Trump policy connected to immigration has been struck down on constitutional grounds.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Order to Strip Funds From ‘Sanctuary Cities’


A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco put the controversial order on hold, arguing it infringed on the constitutional rights of local governments.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

Justice Department Sets June 30 Deadline for Compliance From ‘Sanctuary Cities’


DOJ plans to withhold federal funding from jurisdictions where law enforcement personnel do not cooperate with immigration authorities.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen Advance to French Election Runoff


Whether France will stay in the European Union or head for a “Frexit” largely comes down to which of the two leading vote-getters will prevail May 7.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 READ MORE

Yes, Sweden Is a Paradise Lost—but Not Because of Immigration


In a whirlwind of rumors, Sweden has come to occupy a central role, cast as the innocent, naive, white country in the North that has collapsed because of its own goodness.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo


The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 20, 2017 ENLARGE

10 Myths About Immigration in the United States


Here’s a list of common misconceptions—plus information to separate fact from fear.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 READ MORE

John Oliver on Why We Should Pay Close Attention to the Upcoming French Election (Video)

France is on the verge of committing a nativist mistake comparable to those the United States and Britain made in 2016, the “Last Week Tonight” host says.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Search for Justice in ‘Finding Oscar’


The documentary traces the story of a 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village to a trial three decades later, with human rights advocates as the heroes.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Wall: How Much Money Does the Government Have for It Now?


Answer: $20 million. That’s enough to cover the cost of seven miles of wall.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Syria Attack Tramples Many Laws


President Trump’s assault on Syria was illegal under both U.S. and international law, and the American mainstream media’s celebration of his rush to judgment sent him a frightening message: Bombing makes you popular.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Forgotten History of U.S. Deportations to Mexico in the 1930s (Video)

Francisco Balderrama, author and professor of American history and Chicano studies, explains why we must revisit this history in light of President Trump’s immigration policy.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Pope Francis Puts Migrant Rights Front and Center—and Some Americans May Not Like It


The head of the Catholic Church has chosen to battle anti-migrant forces, despite divisions his position could create among his U.S. followers.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

Covering Immigration Stories in the Age of Trump

Claudia Núñez, digital director at Hoy, the Los Angeles Times’ Spanish-language newspaper, met with Truthdig to discuss reporting on immigration and ways to humanize the issue.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Holocaust Survivor Bernard Marks on the ‘Travesty of Justice’ in Trump’s America (Audio)

Marks, whose speech at a California immigration forum in March went viral, draws parallels between the U.S. today and Germany in the 1930s.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control


To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

New Supreme Court Era Begins as Neil Gorsuch Is Sworn In


The 113th justice could make an immediate impact on cases dealing with religious freedom, gun rights and immigration.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE

U.S. Policies Created the Immigration Problem. Scapegoating Immigrants Makes It Worse.


Donald Trump and his GOP cohorts are using the issue to distract and divide U.S. workers while the ruling class exploits them.

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE

Immigration Agency Will Lose Millions Because It Can’t Process Visas Fast Enough


Fees to expedite worker visas pay for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency can’t keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE

Immigrant Scapegoating Didn’t Start Under Trump—It Was ‘Greatly Accelerated’ Under Clinton

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Bill Blum discuss the history of scapegoating immigrants for crimes, as well as former President Bill Clinton’s role in Donald Trump’s immigration policies.   

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Building the Wall’: Staging America’s Worst Immigration Nightmare


Playwright Robert Schenkkan sounds the alarm about a scenario he says “absolutely” could come to pass in the United States.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

The United States of Immigrants


The resistance of sanctuary cities, counties and states reminds us that the Constitution protects all people in our country.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

As Deportation Fears Rise, a Community in New Mexico Trains for Resistance


In Las Cruces, a group is teaching nonviolent opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids after about 20 residents were recently detained by agents.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Black Community Control of the Police


President Trump’s offensive against the undocumented is inseparable from his plans to forcefully pacify black America.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE

Gathering for a ‘Day of Play’ on Cesar Chavez Day (Multimedia)

A community comes together at Woodrow Wilson High School in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles to unconventionally heal trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder among immigrants.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Community Terrorized: Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the Social Fabric of the U.S. (Audio)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the trauma of undocumented immigrants with Victor Narro, an immigration and labor attorney and project director at the UCLA Labor Center. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Archbishop José Gomez: We All Share Blame for America’s Broken Immigration System


The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese believes the solution must balance love and law with justice and mercy—regardless of legal status.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

Is Trump Waging a Stealth War of Retaliation Against Sanctuary Cities?


Evidence suggests aggressive sweeps are being aimed at jurisdictions that limit collaboration with federal immigration authorities.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Taking a Closer Look at Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosts a discussion on immigration policy and its effect on human rights.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies


Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

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